Dear Members and friends of FBCB,
Covid, Covid, Covid. Summer is knocking at the door and many people are facing the same question: to travel or not to travel. People miss their families, have business needs to attend to, or just hope to spend a vacation somewhere else. There has been some talk about a global travel pass, but so far nothing concrete has been established. Many countries have started putting together their own solutions. The European Commission expects to soon finish working on a COVID-19 certificate that could allow European citizens to travel more easily within the 27-nation bloc, but it won't be of any use to us here in China. So should we just spend yet another coronavirus summer in China? Fortunately China is a huge country and there are plenty of domestic travel opportunities.
Life and business are back to normal, but things can change quickly in China. Regional lockdowns have been imposed every time a new virus outbreak is discovered. There's pressure to keep the borders closed prior to the upcoming Beijing winter Olympics, which is in just 9 months from now. China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that China will not reach herd immunity until mid-2022. There's indication that vaccination will be a prerequisite for participating in the Olympics in an effort to protect the athletes, the staff, and the audience. It remains to be seen.
There are also a number of other important events occurring in China before the Olympics. China is the world’s second largest economy with the largest population and the biggest political party in the world. The Communist Party of China will have its 100th anniversary in July 2021. There will be plenty of events, including symposiums, performances, and award ceremonies - with considerable emphasis on the nation’s recent triumph over the COVID-19 crisis. It's to be expected that there will be very little tolerance for any new coronavirus cases, especially imported ones.
Finnish Business Council and Finnish companies in general are doing well. Very well, actually. The biannual meeting of Team Finland in China was held May 10-11 in Shanghai. The atmosphere at the gathering was happy and companies had many positive news to share. The companies that have suffered the most are those that have no physical presence in China, as virtual meetings can't replace face-to-face meetings entirely. Despite the circumstances, there have been many new entrants to the market. Ivana Helsinki has just had a strong launch in China with several agreements. JunctionX, an innovation startup hub originating from Finland, is also getting more visibility and held a 48-hour hackathon in Tianjin last weekend.
This month guest writer comes from UROS, one of our newest member companies. Read what kind of solution UROS has made with IoT to enable enterprises to automate their business processes.
Executive Director, FBCB
|Team Finland China Events|
|Team Finland Business Delegation to Shanghai June 3-4|
Team Finland China is organizing a business delegation visit to Shanghai on June 3-4, 2021, led by Mr. Pasi Hellman, Consul General of Finland in Shanghai. With the focus on education, energy and winter sports, this visit is offering a wide range of business opportunities in Shanghai for Finnish companies.
|Zhejiang International Import Commodity Fair (ZIF) June 6 - 8|
Team Finland China invites companies to join a common booth for Finnish Companies at Zhejiang International Import Commodity Fair. The ZIF fair will focus on six major exhibition areas:
• Imported food
• Leisure life
• Home furnishing
• Intelligent life
• Comprehensive health
• Key Import Platforms
Read more information HERE
|Hybrid China – Finland Maritime event June 16 in Shanghai|
Business Finland in cooperation with the Team Finland network is organizing a China-Finland Maritime hybrid event: Finnish solutions for green and smart ships on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 08:30—11:10 EEST (Helsinki) / 13:00 (Shanghai), followed by pre-matched meetings for company participants. This event will be opened by Mr. Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland.
More information and registrations by Jun 2 HERE
- June 3. AIIB-EUCCC Business Engagement Seminar. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in collaboration with the European Union Chamber of Commerce China will host a Business Engagement Seminar on June 3, 2021 at 3-5:30 p.m. Beijing time. The event will take place on ZOOM, please register here.
- June 9. Finnish language event: Kiinan Greater Bay Area: mahdollisuudet suomalaisille yrityksille. Online event. More information and registrations HERE
- June 10. International Forum on Accelerating Carbon Neutrality in the Yangtze River Delta Region in Shanghai. Invitation and agenda in English HERE. Invitation and agenda in Chinese HERE.
- June 22. Covid exit planning. Online event. More information and registration HERE.
|Guest Writer UROS - New Era of Infrastructure Brings "Connectivity" to IoT Industry|
The Internet of Things (IoT) under the China's New Infrastructure Plan helps small and medium-sized customers to better realize the connection of IoT, starting from the actual needs of enterprises, in the manner of providing software and hardware solution.
With the progress of the times and technology, the road of IoT development is getting longer and longer. The application of big data and the depth of AI makes IoT extending in all directions and accelerates social alternation and innovation. Devices and sensors based on IoT are slowly changing the way enterprises conduct business, affecting many aspects of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Mr. Herbert Chan, General Manager of UROS Greater China and Asia Pacific, combined with the development trend of IoT in recent years, introduced in detail the impact of IoT on enterprises and the achievements of UROS in vertical industries.
Herbert Chan mentions, present devices of IoT often joining to the network connection, can help enterprises tracking and real-time managing their global connection more easily, and also change the previous reliance on hand-held devices that need a lot of human scanning operation, so as to save manual intervention time, time-saving and labor-saving, convenient and quick. In addition, connectivity of IoT can group devices by product, location, and name according to the demands. Of course, it all depends on the demands of the enterprise.
IoT can enable enterprises to automate their business processes. At the same time, it will be revolutionary for those enterprises that are rapidly expanding in the international market. Through IoT device connectivity solution of UROS Connect, no matter where your equipment is located, you can track data consumption in real time. If your equipment shows abnormal behavior, the UROS Connect platform will alert you in time so that you can choose the most appropriate operation. In terms of production machinery monitoring, UROS Connect can monitor the running state of machinery, uptime or downtime, read warnings and fault codes, and provide new firmware updates aperiodically, which plays an important role in assuring product quality and planning preventive maintenance. In addition, for intelligent utility management, Herbert Chan says UROS Connect can monitor the utilization of renewable energy production equipment through the gateways connected, make environmental measurements and occasionally remote visual inspections, which makes the work hours of employees within the enterprise more flexible, and makes full use of time for more analysis and development, so as to greatly improve work efficiency and scale up deployment easily and efficiently.
By Connecting solution through the devices of UROS Connect IoT, with the latest global eSIM integration technology, we assist in connecting your ground equipment to the network, as well as enhancing enterprise accessibility and trust. The software development kit, SDK is designed from Seamless and easy access to the net and integration operations in mind. For developers, it can be better to design the devices and reduce product development time.
As the concept of smart cities becomes increasingly popular, IoT technology is used to monitor traffic on the road network, for public transport, sidewalks around pedestrian areas and for civic facilities such as recycling centers and garbage collection. On the market side, through intelligent coal consumption analysis technology, with monitoring software and sensors, IoT can reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, it is easy to protect the environment and save money by Internet of Things technology.
Looking to the future, Herbert Chan is full of confidence with the development of IoT. He thinks that IoT means that you can monitor the assets remotely more effectively, to reassure the enterprises. And for enterprises to accelerate development, UROS Connect will be the prior choice, which can effectively apply interconnection equipment to various enterprises and realize the deep integration of intelligence and innovation in the development of enterprises.
UROS Connect inserts the eSIM to the devices, eliminating the need for a physical SIM card, thus it makes it possible for the devices to connect to the network. Instead of negotiating the network price with the mobile operators in each country, now it just need to use UROS Connect solution directly. This solution is suitable for international vehicle manufacturers and other IoT electronic equipment manufacturers.
“The fundamental design of UROS Connect is based on customer demand”, Herbert Chan says. UROS Connect provides powerful, customized solution, from smart devices to user interfaces, to broaden the platform of smart connectivity, to help customers to establish device connectivity more quickly and easily. Meanwhile, UROS Connect focuses on the construction of smart city and smart life, human wearables, artificial intelligence (AI), robot technology, UAV, industrial IoT, financial technology and automobile and other fields, to expand the scope of services, and comprehensively escorts small and medium-sized in development and operation.
|Team Finland China biannual meeting May 10-11|
Team Finland China biannual meeting this time in Shanghai. It was so great to meet and talk with the whole team Finnish Business Council Beijing Chairman Juha Tuominen, Finnish Business Council Shanghai (FBCS) Mikko Salmilahti and Hanna Osara, Finnish Business Council Guangdong Lasse Liukkonen. Finnish Consulate Pasi Hellman was hosting and Ambassador Jarno Syrjala giving the opening and closing remarks. Business Finland was presented by Jusa Susia, Eija Tynkkynen, Grace Wang, Satu Kalliokulju, MA and EMBA just to mention a few.
|Women in Business Afternoon Brunch May 15|
Finnish Business Council Beijing Women in Business -event yesterday at the Finland Ambassadors Residence and sauna. Deputy Head of Mission Petra Theman was hosting, and Maggie Ma, Executive Vice President of Nokia Shanghai Bell was sharing her insights, which inspired everyone to share their experience as a female leader.
|World Intelligence Congress and JunctionX in Tianjin May 21-23|
The 5th World Intelligence Congress and Sino-Finnish Innovation Forum this weekend in Tianjin hosted by Junction and Tianjin government. The whole Team Finland China was showing a strong support. Ambassador Jarno Syrjala sent a video greeting. Business Finland Mika Klemettinen 米卡 博士, Finnish Business Council Beijing ED Ulla 吴兰 Nurmenniemi and Nokia Shanghai Bell GM Zhenyu Shao shared keynotes. FBCB Chairman Juha Tuominen signed a MoU with Tianjin for future cooperation.
|Does your company need more visibility and contacts in China?|
Finnish Business Council Beijing is part of Team Finland in China, and an outstanding platform for all Finnish businesses in China. For those companies which need more visibility, we have launched a Premium Membership. It's an upgrade from normal membership, as you can see from the table below.
For those companies in Finland, who are planning to expand their businesses to China, or are in the early stage and don't have an office in China yet, we have a distant membership. It's called Proxy Membership. A very cost-effective way to make your company known to a large audience, and get essential contacts for your future.
See all membership options HERE
Premium Membership benefits:
- Get your logo on frontpage of FBCB website
- Get your logo on all newsletters and event invitations
- Get an advertisement to FBCB webpage
- Write an article to FBCB Newsletter once a year
- Organize an event for other members and other people using FBCB event platform once a year
PLUS normal Membership benefits:
- Network opportunities with all other member companies
- Keep updated what's happening in China-Finnish business
- Make new business contacts
- Access FBCB events with member price or free of charge, access member-only events
- Enjoy discounts of various service and product providers (hotels, health care, tailor, scarfs, air purifiers, etc)
- Get your company logo, description and key products to membership directory in FBCB website
Proxy membership benefits:
- Get monthly newsletter
- Get one article to newsletter when joining
- Network opportunities with all other member companies through FBCB
- Keep updated what's happening in China-Finnish business
- Make new business contacts
- When visiting in Beijing, access events with member price or free of charge, access member-only events
- Enjoy discounts of various service providers in Beijing (e.g.hotels)
- Get company logo, description and key products to membership directory on FBCB website
CONTACT for more information:
Ulla Nurmenniemi, Executive Director, FBCB
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